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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

My Karmic ROI: Relief

ROI=RETURN ON INVESTMENT

A few days ago, I wrote a tongue-in-cheek post about depositing $600.00 into my karmic savings account: that's how much a thrift store acquaintance said I'd saved her when I recommended thrifting a tux set for future proms. The tongue-in-cheek part came at the end, with the query: What should I spend my $600.00 on?

I hope that writing about my karmic moment--which just happened--will not bring bad luck. Knock on wood for me.

On the last day of our almost three weeks of visiting our relatives in Massachusetts and California came some disquieting financial news. Because of Frugal Son's--what shall we call it--flakiness, he did not have a dormitory assignment. (See last year's post on French visa for similar event.)

Now, students can always live off-campus. But Frugal Son has a ROOM AND BOARD SCHOLARSHIP, which does not transfer to off-campus housing. He called and discovered that he was number 10 zillion on the waiting list.

Anyway, through some parental ADVICE and PRESSURE, and the aid of an administrator in navigating the scary bureaucracy of a large school....he got a room! I guess a lot of people drop out at the end...and the administrator said they DO try to accommodate students with scholarships.

The savings: $6000.00, exactly 10 times my karmic investment.

Amazing.

7 comments:

Revanche said...

Holy moly. That's amazing(ly-stressful-I-might-have-bopped-him-one)!

I'm glad it turned out well, though!

Funny about Money said...

Well. That was a scary moment or three. Glad it got worked out.

Shelley said...

So, might this have been a Head-and-Shoulders experience for Frugal Son? Let's hope so! Growing up can be so painful, both for the child and for his parents! So glad your Karma came through!

Budgeting in the Fun Stuff said...

I'm with Revanche...I may have bopped him a good one too! I was just recently pissed that my husband kept tugging on his keyboard cord wrong and broke a perfectly good $25 keyboard which he ran out to replace immediately. A $6000 whoopsy may have killed me...

I am so glad it worked out!!!

Frugal Scholar said...

@All--It was partly a bureaucratic glitch. And it is hard to bop someone whose college costs so far have been close to zero, including his year abroad.

@Shelley--What does "head-and-shoulders" experience mean?

Shelley said...

Sorry, you said he was 'flaky' and I thought 'dandruff'. Head and shoulders is a dandruff shampoo. It's weird British humour that's obviously rubbing off on me...

Terri said...

Impressive!